Leander is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been assessing adults and older adults for more than 10 years both in private practice, as well as hospital contexts. Her experience spans dementia diagnosis, intellectual impairment, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, as well as cognitive functioning after experiencing stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumour, and other such neurological conditions. She also has experience working with people living with dementia and their families to assist them as they embark on that journey.
Working within a strengths-based framework, Leander focuses on enabling & encouraging functioning at as high a level as possible in the individual's current context, therefore building on the individual's sense of self-efficacy and well-being. She achieves this through using a broad range of assessment measures aimed at identifying both areas of challenge, as well as strength. Her work in the reablement space at a national level underpins this area of her work.
Leander completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology - First Class Honours) at the University of Southern Queensland, followed by a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland. Her research thesis for the DPsych was focused on working with people living with dementia, exploring ways of scaffolding changes in cognitive abilities. Leander subsequently completed a PhD, her thesis this time focused on wisdom in older adults.
Leander is registered with AHPRA, holding endorsement in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a committee member of the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group. She also holds fellow membership of both the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Her work also encompasses training the next generation of psychologists, being a board-approved supervisor with AHPRA.